Seattle Sounders took home their second MLS Cup plum in four years via 3-1 victory against Toronto FC in one-game finals held at CenturyLink Field in Seattle last November 10th.
Kelvin Leerdam put Seattle on the scoreboard in the 57th minute and was later followed by Victor Rodriguez and Raul Ruidiaz in the 76th and 90th minute respectively for a 3-0 lead against Toronto FC.
Jozy Altidore found the back of the net for Toronto FC in the third minute of stoppage time but it’s already too late, especially the Sounders is holding a two-goal lead over the Canadian club.
“The players and the fans deserve this,” Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said via The Associated Press. “The players persevered because again it was a first-half we needed to make some adjustments and they never quit. And the fans never stopped believing. I’m very happy and proud of the city and the fans.”
Seattle is now won its second MLS Cup title at the expense of Toronto FC after they won their first title against the same club in 2016 via a penalty shootout but Toronto FC beat Seattle a year later to win their own MLS Cup title.
The Sounders also tied Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo with two MLS Cup titles. Los Angeles Galaxy is the most club in MLS history that won the MLS Cup title with five, followed by DC United with four.
“I think we are so competitive. We [have a] really good mentality, always keep going, always working every day so hard, and I think here in our home, with our fans, it is a little easier for us,” said MLS Cup Finals MVP Victor Rodriguez via ESPN as 69,274 fans watched the game at the CenturyLink Field, setting a second-largest crowd to watch an MLS Cup finals match, just behind 73,019 fans watched the 2018 MLS Cup finals between Atlanta United and Portland Timbers at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which currently holds the largest crowd that saw a MLS Cup finals game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tenure at the Los Angeles Galaxy ended after the Swedish striker announced his departure from the five-time MLS Cup champions last November 13th.
“I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans — you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball,” said Ibramimhovic in a tweet on his Twitter account, quoted in an article of ESPN.
Ibrahimovic signed with the Galaxy in 2018 from Manchester United, which he scored 52 goals in 56 appearances for the Galaxy and was among the finalist for the Landon Donovan MVP award or regular-season MVP award in his two-year tenure with the Los Angeles- based club.
He also named in the MLS Best XI in two consecutive years and awarded the 2018 MLS Newcomer of the Year despite the dismal performance of the Galaxy on his first year after failing to qualify for the MLS Cup.
In the recently-concluded MLS season, Ibrahimovic guided the Galaxy to qualify for the MLS Cup after finishing with 51 points to capture the fifth spot in the western conference but the championship aspiration ended after a semifinal loss to inter-city rival Los Angeles FC.
“Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole,” said LA Galaxy president Chris Klein in the same ESPN article.
Ibrahimovic is now linked with several clubs in Italy with Bologna, Napoli and AC Milan are interested to get the services of the 38-year-old striker and return to the La Liga were also in the mix after Ibrahimovic tweeted his desire to return to Spain in late October after the Galaxy elimination from the MLS Cup.
Australian club Perth Glory was also interested to get the services of Ibrahimovic with Brazilian club Flamengo and Argentine club Boca Junior was also on the run.
The answer to the question of which club Ibrahimovic will choose to continue his stellar football career is set to be answered as the transfer window is set to take place in January 2020.